SpaceX successfully tests prototype for Mars rocket

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The barrel-shaped, silver device made of stainless steel rose about 150 meters in height, flew 100 meters and then landed in less than a minute safely back on the ground.

(Photo: AP)

Houston The US space company SpaceX of TeslaChief Elon Musk has successfully tested a prototype for his heavy-duty rocket that was supposed to take people and cargo to the Moon and Mars. The “Starhopper” picked up on Tuesday afternoon (local time) on a site in Boca Chica in the US state of Texas, as the company announced via Twitter and showed in a short video. The barrel-shaped, silver device made of stainless steel rose about 150 meters in height, flew 100 meters and then landed in less than a minute safely back on the ground.

Musk tweeted: “Congratulations, SpaceX Team !!” “One day the spaceship will land on the rust-colored sand of Mars.” Construction of the “Starhopper” had begun in December 2018. The device has a diameter of nine meters.

The space visionary Musk had announced some time ago, to colonize Mars and want to bring one million people there. As early as 2025, according to the plans presented in 2016, the first people could travel to the Red Planet. The US space agency Nasa sees a first manned Mars mission earliest in the 2030s.

More: The US government wants to bring astronauts back to the moon by 2024. For a first test mission, the landing of a spacecraft, a coalition of Boeing and Lockheed won the contract.

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